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Chariots of Fire Movie Lesson Plan


  • This resource is a downloadable PDF
  • Ideal for Grades 6-12
  • Perfect for Sports Teams, Religion, Life Skills, Character Education, or Leadership classes
  • Aligned to Common Core State Standards
  • Activities designed to help students meet Social & Emotional Learning Competencies

Chariots of Fire Movie Lesson Plan helps teachers use this true story to challenge students to determine if they use external motivation or internal motivation in their race to achieve their dreams.

After completing Chariots of Fire Movie Lesson Plan, students will have a greater understanding of pursuing their dreams, growing character skills, and focusing on fulfillment.

Chariots of Fire highlights the story of two sprinters, Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, training for gold at the 1924 Paris Olympics. Abrahams pushes the limits of his physical capabilities as he intensely focuses on cementing his place in Olympic history, while Liddell runs for a higher purpose.

Chariots of Fire Movie Lesson Plan guides students to analyze how men arrive at the same destination by taking very different paths and experiencing their journeys in very different ways. One runs to glorify himself, while the other runs to glorify God.

In order to complete these activities, students will need to watch the movie Chariots of Fire, which has a rating of PG and a run time of 2 hours and 5 minutes.


Each of our Leadership at the Movies lesson plans includes the following activities:

✅ Reflection: allows students to journal about one of the movie’s themes prior to watching.

✅ Analysis: questions and prompts to analyze the characters, plot, and climax of the movie.

✅ Practice & Discussion: a partner/group activity that takes the principles of the movie and asks students to take action and grow in their own lives.

✅ Extension: a RAFT (Role-Audience-Format-Topic) writing prompt to help students apply their new knowledge.

✅ Lead for Impact: challenges students to pinpoint how the hero of the story exhibited The 12 Fundamentals of Impact and then synthesize how they can apply the lessons to writing their own story.


WARNING: This is a DEEP LEARNING lesson plan to help students employ a LEADERSHIP approach to SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING.

These activities are designed to help students meet the following Social & Emotional Learning Competencies as outlined by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL):

⭐ Develop SELF-AWARENESS and SELF-MANAGEMENT skills to achieve school and life success.

⭐ Use SOCIAL-AWARENESS and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS.

⭐ Demonstrate DECISION-MAKING skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.


The activities in Chariots of Fire Movie Lesson Plan will challenge students to move closer to mastery in the following skills: leadership, cooperation with others, creativity, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, problem solving, and judgment and decision making.

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